After 22 Laps, Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama Delayed Until Monday

LEEDS, Ala – For just the second time in a decade, the Verizon IndyCar Series will be racing on a Monday. Sunday’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama was rain delayed and will resume on Monday as a result of puddling on the 2.3-mile Barber Motorsports Park surface.

The race will resume on Lap 22 with Josef Newgarden leading at 11:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN with a green flag around Noon ET/11 am locally.

Rain has been falling for most of the day, but the series will attempt to race in the rain on all road/street courses. Unfortunately, the scenic facility has some creeks that run through it and a lot of elevation changes. That caused more puddling on the track, as the water has no where to go.

That made things very tricky on Sunday.

We’d go 10 laps of a green flag action before Charlie Kimball brought out the first yellow on Lap 11. We’d briefly go back to green before Will Power crashed when he lost control of his No. 12 Chevrolet on the Lap 16 restart. It was a mess at that point as he hydroplaned on the drop of the green flag.

A 37-minute long red flag would get displayed on Lap 19, before resuming to action on the 20th lap. But, after two trips around the track, it was best to bring the cars back down pit road again.

We’d never go back green.

The track will also be opening the gates for free on Monday. That’s right, FREE. Monday’s rain delayed race will be open to fans for zero cost.

Also, Power will be allowed to still rejoin the race if they can get their car fixed. Currently, the car is impounded, but once the engines are refired, his team will be allowed to work on their car. He’s currently six laps down.

Charlie Kimball is the only driver not allowed to rejoin the race as he’s OUT in 23rd place.

Teams will be allowed to race any tires they want tomorrow, so long as the start of the race isn’t deemed a wet start. Teams also can restart the race with any amount of fuel that they desire. They’ll likely all put in full fuel tanks.

Running Order on the Restart

  1. 1 Newgarden
  2. 18 Bourdais
  3. 28 Hunter-Reay
  4. 27 Rossi
  5.  5 Hinchcliffe
  6. 26 Veach R
  7. 6 Wickens R
  8. 30 Sato
  9.  9 Dixon
  10. 10 Jones
  11. 20 King R
  12. 21 Pigot
  13. 15 Rahal
  14. 98 Andreetti
  15. 22 Pagenaud
  16. 59 Chilton
  17. 32 Binder R
  18.  4 Leist R
  19. 88 Chaves -1
  20. 14 Kanaan -1
  21. 19 Claman DeMelo R -2
  22. 12 Power -6
  23. 23 Kimball OUT

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